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Los Angeles Mayor Launches New Pedestrian Safety Initiative
In 2011, there was a 3% increase in the number of pedestrian accident fatalities recorded across the country. In Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants to ring in the New Year, with a safer environment for pedestrians. He has announced a pedestrian safety initiative that will enhance the number of crosswalks at intersections.
According to the new pedestrian safety initiative announced by Mayor Villaraigosa, walking conditions in Los Angeles for pedestrians will be improved with the Installation of visible crosswalks at several intersections across the city. The first crosswalk, which is being installed as part of the initiative, was unveiled recently at a press conference. Over the next 3 months, Los Angeles residents can expect several more crosswalks to be painted.
The intersections where these crosswalks will be installed have all been chosen because they have been the scene of some deadly and injurious accidents. All of these intersections have a much higher risk of accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians.
Even as the number of fatalities in all kinds of other traffic accidents has been declining, pedestrian accident lawyers were shocked to discover that there was a 3% increase in pedestrian accident fatalities in 2011. People who choose to walk to work are simply not safe in many parts of the country, and also in California, which has a poor pedestrian safety environment.
Pedestrians can reduce the risk of injuries by crossing only at marked crosswalks. Avoid crossing at busy intersections. Avoid all distractions while walking. Additionally, motorists must be educated about the need to yield to pedestrians and respect their right-of-way, which very often doesn’t happen.
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